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Ireland and UK sign agreement on Common Travel Area

Date Published: 03-01-2012

The joint agreement, announced in December 2011, will allow legitimate travel within the Common Travel Area (CTA) while preventing abuse of the common area and will develop ways to establish credibility of visa and asylum applications if necessary.  

It is also envisaged that the joint agreement will facilitate the return of unlawfully entering persons to their country of origin. It is intended that persons without a right to enter the CTA will be identified before they arrive at the border. The Agreement places a focus on visa information exchange between both countries, particularly with regard to ‘high risk’ countries and will include fingerprint biometrics and other biographical details. Development of an electronic border management system is planned as early as possible.

For more information:

See Department of Justice and Equality Press Release

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